Promoting Equality and Cohesion Fund (PECF) 2017 - 2020

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We have always found Impact Funding Partners an excellent fund manager. They are approachable, offer good opportunities to organisations to enhance learning and connectedness, they communicate clearly with organisations and have a real knowledge of the work we do.

Promoting Equality & Cohesion Fund Funded Project
January 2020

This fund, worth approximately £2.2 million per annum, supports 65 funded projects. It aims to make a real difference to people’s lives with the protected characteristics covered by the Equality Act 2010 of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.

Impact Funding Partners manages this fund on behalf of the Scottish Government, and provides fund management including providing development support and creating opportunities for organisations to come together to share, learn, collaborate and network through participation at themed cluster groups. The cluster groups provide a platform for expertise to be shared based on the lived experiences of people with protected characteristics. The groups also seek opportunities to inform and influence equalities policy. All funds have been allocated.

Funded organisation are working towards one or more of the following fund outcomes:

1. Discrimination against people who share protected characteristics is reduced, and multiple discrimination is addressed so that barriers to participation are reduced.

2. People covered by hate crime legislation experience lower levels of hate crime.

3. People and communities are supported to participate in and engage with services and civic society; their contribution is recognised and community cohesion is increased.

4. Current imbalances in representation in all aspects and levels of public life, including education and employment, are addressed to better reflect our communities

Download the 'Representation In Public Life' Toolkit , an example of how our cluster network works.


Hear Their Stories...

Some of the important and valuable work organisations from across Scotland funded through the Promoting Equality & Cohesion Fund carry our each and everyday. 

Govan Community Project

The organisation aims to reduce life stress of asylum seeker and refugee communities, promoting their settlement and integration into the wider Govan community. Shahad came to Glasgow with her husband and three young children after fleeing war-torn Syria, but after coming to Scotland she felt isolated and lonely. Shahad was sign-posted to Govan Community Project by her GP and was able to connect with woman in her local community.

Young Women Lead

Young Women Lead is a new leadership programme for young women aged 30 and under living in Scotland and aims to increase the visibility of young women’s contribution to Scottish society, politics and policy. Esme is from a rural village in the West Highlands who had a life changing experience as part of the Young Women Lead Programme.


Promoting Equality & Cohesion Blogs

The Hidden Gardens

The Hidden Gardens is an urban greenspace located in Glasgow’s Southside. We work to promote community engagement, understanding and trust between people from all backgrounds through horticulture, creativity and collaboration. The Gardens are located between the neighbourhoods of Govanhill and Pollokshields, Scotland’s most ethnically diverse neighbourhoods. 

Forth Valley Welcome

Treasurer Hugh Grant from Forth Valley Welcome writes about some positive developments in refugee integration into Stirling and Clackmannanshire.